I posted last week about the possibility that many people could be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Those of us who are paying attention are more than likely to be stressed or unhappy.

I also mentioned some possible remedies to pursue.  Let’s add something else to your arsenal; gratitude.

I have been reading a book about gratitude.  It’s probably not the best book on the subject, but it was enough to make me sit back and think a bit about the wisdom of keeping a gratitude journal.

Listen up, men; this is for you, too. It’s just not a girlie thing, even though it sounds girlie.   It sounds really super-duper girlie when you start flinging around words like “journal.”  Girls, you may keep a journal, and you guys can just keep a notebook.

Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, is one of the foremost authorities on the topic of gratitude in North America.

Emmons even wrote a book about gratitude based on many years of scientific study.

Emmons’ research indicates that gratitude is not merely a positive emotion; it also improves your health if cultivated. People must give up a “victim mentality” and overcome a sense of entitlement and deservedness.

As a result, he says, they will experience significant improvements in several areas of life including relationships, academics, energy level and even dealing with tragedy and crisis. source

Gratitude simply means being thankful, or expressing thanks for things or events.

For instance: We have a cat.  She acts like a cat.  Like most cats, she is always on the wrong side of the door. It can be annoying to constantly have to open the door for her to come in or go out.  So instead of being annoyed, I decided to be thankful that she has embraced her “catness.”   I’m doubly grateful that she doesn’t feel like she’s a dog trapped in a cat body and demanding expensive species reassignment surgery.

Gratitude is about noticing things.  How many of you men reading this really notice your magic underwear drawer?  You know, the one that always seems to be filled up with clean folded undies?  Do you ever stop and ask yourself how they got there, and do you thank the person who was behind all that magic?

Dr. Emmons says that your gratitude journal doesn’t have to be fancy.  He’s a guy. What the hell does he know?  Ladies, feel free to unleash your inner crafter if you want, and make a dazzling journal.   Guys, go buy a notebook.

I had planned on writing down a few things each night for which I was grateful.  But according to Emmons, that’s the wrong approach.

Here’s some research-based tips for reaping the greatest psychological rewards from your gratitude journal:

  • Don’t just go through the motions. Research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky and others suggest that journaling is more effective if you first make the conscious decision to become happier and more grateful. “Motivation to become happier plays a role in the efficacy of journaling,” says Emmons.
  • Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.
  • Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
  • Try subtraction, not just addition. One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.
  • Savor surprises. Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.
  • Don’t overdo it. Writing occasionally (once or twice per week) is more beneficial than daily journaling. In fact, one study by Lyubomirsky and her colleagues found that people who wrote in their gratitude journals once a week for six weeks reported boosts in happiness afterward; people who wrote three times per week didn’t. “We adapt to positive events quickly, especially if we constantly focus on them,” says Emmons. “It seems counterintuitive, but it is how the mind works.”

Need more proof?

If you’re anything like me and want to research something to death, here’s a link to a gazillion articles  in Psychology Today on gratitude.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me.  I have to let the cat out.

 

Adrienne is grateful to blog at Adrienne’s Corner. Some day she plans to come out of her corner and join the real world.

 

it’s entirely possible.  At least for those of us who are paying attention.

I apologize for my long absence.  I attribute it to PTSD.

The Mayo Clinic describes PTSD as:

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within three months of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships.

PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions. source

A traumatic event doesn’t have to originate on the battlefield. I would categorize the re-election of Obama as a traumatic event.  Re-read the symptoms, and tell me they don’t apply to what’s going on in this country.  I’m going to stick to national rather than international events so we’re not too overwhelmed.

We are daily bombarded by bad news and intrusive government.  The millions of people who are out of work with no impending prospects for a job are most certainly suffering a traumatic event.  House foreclosed?  I’d call that pretty traumatic.  How about losing your health insurance or having your rates skyrocket?

People are becoming more reluctant to express an opinion for fear of the politically correct social justice warriors ruining their lives – both economically and socially.

Schools no longer teach children, but instead try to indoctrinate them into a progressive world view.  When they’re not compliant enough, the parents are threatened and coerced into giving them dangerous drugs.  In every case of the recent mass shootings, the perpetrators had been taking psychotropic drugs.

The religious freedoms of Christians are being stomped on by a cabal of atheistic progressives. Less than a week ago, Obama had this to say:

“How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you and you caring a lot about taking faith seriously with the fact that, at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them?”

“You’ve struggled with the fact that here in the United States, sometimes Christian interpretation seems to posit an ‘us versus them,’ and those are sometimes the loudest voices.” source

Get it?  If you’re a Christian and concerned about the direction the country is taking, you are now labeled “suspicious.”

Every day, we are lied to by the political class with the help of the MSM. Only the most secluded people are not aware the economy is in the toilet.  A trip to the grocery store can be traumatic due to inflation.  I’d call ground beef priced at well over $4.00 per pound traumatic.

Some of us are reacting to what is going on using avoidance:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event.
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event.

Or these other symptoms from the Mayo clinic:

Negative changes in thinking and mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative feelings about yourself or other people.
  • Inability to experience positive emotions.
  • Feeling emotionally numb.
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed.
  • Hopelessness about the future.

Changes in emotional reactions

Symptoms of changes in emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior.
  • Always being on guard for danger.
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Trouble sleeping.

Now that I’ve contributed to your PTSD with all this gloom and doom, allow me to make some suggestions.

How to deal with PTSD of this type:

I’m not a doctor, and don’t even play one on TV, but I do have coping skills for you to use.

  1.  Prayer can change your life.  Find some time every day to connect with God.
  2. Take care of yourself.  Eat a balanced diet, go for a walk every day, and get plenty of sleep. If possible, take a short nap in the afternoon.  Get dressed everyday, even if you’re not going anywhere.
  3. Incorporate routine into your day.  Try to go to bed at the same time, and arise at the same time.  Have a daily and weekly schedule, but don’t worry if unforeseen events upset your routine.
  4. If you’re job hunting, make a list of all the places you’d like to work, get dressed in your best interview clothes, and show up.  Ask to speak to the person in charge of the department in which you’d like to work, or the owner of the business if it is a smaller one.  I never, ever got a job by submitting an online application.  One time I showed up at a place that required on-line applications.  The manager liked me and took me into the back room to fill out the application on their computer, and the next day I started work.  Remember, the very worst thing that could happen is they say no.  Go to the next place on the list.
  5. If you’re a stay-at-home mom (the best kind in my opinion), learn how to save money by shopping smart.  There’s a gazillion places on the web to help you.
  6. Find a special friend to share your worries with.  It’s the cheap version of expensive talk therapy.  Don’t forget to help them with their worries.  Helping other people is very therapeutic.
  7. I’m not a big believer in medication for anxiety and stress, and think it should be avoided when possible.  Try some natural remedies.  If things are really spiraling out of control, talk to your doctor before going the drug route.  In some cases it is a necessary path to follow.

And lastly, have faith and hope.  Not the false “hope” that Obama peddled to an unsuspecting public.  Real hope.

Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.

The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity.

Have a wonderful and holy Sunday.

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner combining politics, religion, food, and cats.  Sometimes she even makes sense.

if personal experience is any indication, yes.

While we wait to see what Congress is planning to do about the no-good, very bad Iran deal, let’s talk about something a bit closer to home.

I do the majority of my shopping online, and get cold chills at the thought of any kind of cyber-attack on the internet.

Today, I read several articles, all claiming that retailers are hurting in a very big way, and many major outlets will be closing their stores.  If true,  what will happen to the people who will no longer have jobs?

Several weeks ago, I stopped by Macy’s to purchase my favorite Clinque lipstick.  As I rarely go into major retail stores, I was shocked at the high prices on the merchandise.

I headed to the Clinque counter and searched around for my lipstick.  After about 10 minutes, someone finally approached to help me, only to tell me that the lipstick was probably discontinued.  She wasn’t a Clinque lady, and appeared to be trying to oversee three or four counters at once.  I saw no other sales people.  After looking it up in the computer, she said that it showed there were three lipsticks of that shade, but had no idea of where they were.  She said that they may be on the delivery truck, which was due in about three days.  Out came a tiny piece of scrap paper in which to take down my number.  I knew right then that I would not get a phone call when the truck arrived.

Understand this; I am in no way blaming her.  Retail work is endless and hard.  The store was understaffed, and for good reason.  There were almost no customers.

After checking online, I ascertained that the lipstick could be purchased directly from Clinque, who gave me, as a first time online buyer, a $10.00 off coupon, and free shipping.

I also needed some makeup from Ulta.  My last experience there was horrible.  No one to help you find anything, and the makeup was completely disorganized due to customers pawing through it.  I headed to Ulta online, picked out my products, and was also offered free shipping.

Lest you think I only buy makeup, the next example is from Walmart, where I hoped to purchase some Calms Forte, a natural sleep aid.  It was out of stock.

I found the Calms Forte at Puritan Pride online, and purchased 2 bottles of 100 each for $13.98 with, wait for it, free shipping.  The same amount of pills at Walmart would have cost about $37.00.

One of the articles I read today was Major Chain Stores Shutting Down as America Faces “Birth Pangs of Retail Apocalypse” which listed among them Macy’s, as well as other big retailers.

There’s several reasons for this, and the major reason, contrary to Obama telling us how wonderful everything is, people don’t have any money.  It’s as simple as that.

Do you really think that the over 45 million people on food stamps are buying $200.00 purses at Macy’s?

Unemployment 5.5%?  Even Bernie Sanders, the darling socialist of the libtards, says it more like 10.5%.  That should make some heads explode.

You can see a list of the 6,000 closings expected this year at Natural News.  Where are all those displaced workers going to find jobs?

Anyone who thinks that we’re not in a depression isn’t paying attention.

And anyone who is not paying attention, is not preparing.  Which are you?

 

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner ( ya just can’t find a more captivating blog title), where she goes on periodic rants, and writes about whatever pops into her little flea brain. 

 

but, is there a more sinister side to Facebook?

I’m not a huge fan of Facebook, and I still don’t get the point of Twitter.

When I first was on Facebook, I went crazy and started gathering friends as though my life depended on it.  I confess to having a feeling of some importance when I hit almost 2000 friends.

One day I was perusing my Facebook feed and noticed that I didn’t really “know” any of those 2000 people and couldn’t care less what they were doing.  I decided most of them had to go.  At that time it was much harder to delete friends, and it took me several weeks to wean the list down.  I figured if I couldn’t pronounce the name of the place they lived, and didn’t even know where it was, they probably weren’t my “friends.”

I know some people just have their family and closest friends on their feed and that’s perfectly acceptable; except when they announce their vacation plans and the dates they’ll be gone.  Do they not realize that a crafty thief, without too much effort, can probably access their address?

I never update my page anymore, and only leave an occasional “like” on my very best friends pages.  I don’t even link my blog posts anymore.

Why?

Glad you asked.

I’ve noticed the pervasive narcissistic tendency for people to post each and every little thing that happens to them, and it is invariably fraught with angst and drama.  No longer do people just have a headache.  Now they have the worst headache (insert your favorite malady) that ever befell a human being since the first time Eve told Adam, “Not tonight, dear. I have a headache.”

If they’re having a bad day, it becomes the “worst day ever.”  Stuck in traffic?  Horrible!  Every little trifle and piffle is blown up to the size of a dirigible.

Do I need to talk about “selfies and selfie sticks?”  I didn’t think so.

But, even more sinister is the fact that Facebook has become one of the major ways the government has to track you.  NSA, CIA, FBI are all watching you and yours.

Not only are they tracking you, but they’re feeding propaganda to the masses through social media.  People are being paid to troll you and tell you exactly what they want you to believe.

A study back in November of 2013 discovered that 47% of people get their news from Facebook.   Soon, every major network will be disseminating the “news” through a social media platform.  You will read only what they want you to read.  And trust me; it won’t be the truth.

I won’t get into the damage Facebook and mobile devices do to the thinking part of the brain.  That would be a whole post by itself.

More:

Government Trolls are Using Psychology-Based Influence Techniques on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter

Nowhere to Hide: Facebook Goes Beyond Facial Recognition to Track You

Digital Data is a Mortal Risk

 

it depends.

If your life-long ambition is to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, a college education is unavoidable.  But what if you just want to earn a decent living?

Several weeks ago, my car was at the local dealership to have its timing belt replaced – something that is done at the 60K mark.  The technician who had originally told the the service guy that my 2008 Hyundai had a belt rather than a chain discovered that the 2008 model year was split between belts and chains.  My car was in the second half of the year and had a chain, which never needs replacing,  saving me about $300.00.  The dealership, bless their hearts, washed my car for me anyway.

When I picked up my car, I met the young technician who worked on my car.  Scott was 28 years old, personable, soft spoken, and clearly loved his job. Okay – he was cute, too.

He used to work at a Hyundai dealership, but was caught off guard by that model year being split between chains and belts.

He’s been an auto technician for 8 years.  I asked him if he went to school for his career and he named a well-known technical college.  Never one to be shy, I further inquired as to the cost.  Surprisingly, it was $28K for the entire course. That’s equivalent to what many people spend for one year in a 4-year college, often graduating with a completely useless degree, and as much as $80K to $100K in school loan debt.  It’s takes a long time to pay off that kind of debt when you’re working as a barista at Starbucks.

So at the age of 20 or 21, Scott was already earning a very good income, while the future barista was still having the “experience of a lifetime” in a 4-year college.  In terms of salary, Scott earned about $150K, not counting benefits, during those 3 extra years and was doing something he loved.

So why this insistence that everyone must go to college?

Mike Rowe, who runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades.  He was also the host of the former TV show “Dirty Jobs”, and continues to try raising awareness of what we call “blue collar” jobs.

Just a few days ago, a person wrote a letter to Mike, deriding his approach to “work ethic”, calling it “right wing propaganda.”

Mike’s reply was epic.

A few excerpts:

You wrote that, “people want to work.” In my travels, I’ve met a lot of hard-working individuals, and I’ve been singing their praises for the last 12 years. But I’ve seen nothing that would lead me to agree with your generalization. From what I’ve seen of the species, and what I know of myself, most people – given the choice – would prefer NOT to work. In fact, on Dirty Jobs, I saw Help Wanted signs in every state, even at the height of the recession. Is it possible you see the existence of so many unfilled jobs as a challenge to your basic understanding of what makes people tick?

Last week at a policy conference in Mackinac, I talked to several hiring managers from a few of the largest companies in Michigan. They all told me the same thing – the biggest under reported challenge in finding good help, (aside from the inability to “piss clean,”) is an overwhelming lack of “soft skills.” That’s a polite way of saying that many applicants don’t tuck their shirts in, or pull their pants up, or look you in the eye, or say things like “please” and “thank you.” This is not a Michigan problem – this is a national crisis. We’re churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work. source

So back to my question: Why this insistence that everyone must go to college?

Obama would like everyone to have a free community college education, otherwise known as high school grades 13 and 14. Why?  And who’s going to pay for this?

High schools also base much of their success on how many of their graduates go on to college.  Why?

Who benefits by the student loan industry?  Mike mentioned the staggering figure of 1.2 trillion dollars of outstanding student loans.

Our government, by backing these loans, is not only creating future generations of debt slaves, but making the cost of college skyrocket.

Don’t fall for it.  If you’re a parent, teach your children skills that may inflame a hankering for a specific trade. Don’t denigrate “blue collar trades”, because when your plumbing goes south, your electric panel breaks,  you need a new garage, or even a haircut, you won’t be calling that barista who has a degree in women’s studies.

 

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner on any number of subjects – most of which she knows nothing about. 

 

it would seem so.

We are bombarded daily with news that even a few short years ago would have been unimaginable.

A recent article in Salon written by an abortion worker refers to an aborted baby as an “unwanted growth” and by removing it they “preserved the woman’s chosen course.”  Seeing tiny arms and legs floating in a bowl made her even more pro-choice pro-abortion.

Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the country, tweeted that they thought telling girls to protect their character on prom night was “despicable.”

And the latest Gallup poll states:

Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000’s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level. source

One glaring observation of this poll is that while support for abortion has gone up by three points, support for the death penalty has gone down by the same three points.

To see these findings in action, I need go no further than my own very conservative area where the illegitimate birth rate among teenagers has skyrocketed. Marriage is no longer important, and multiple children by different fathers is common.

Marriage and family, the bedrock of a civilized nation, is all but destroyed.  I have no doubt that when the Supreme Court issues it’s ruling on same-sex “marriage”, it will come down on the side of the homosexuals, thereby completely changing the definition of marriage.

Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function.  He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

When was the last time you even heard the word “virtue”?  If people conformed to accepted virtues, none of what is going on would be possible.

There is much talk on many sites, usually the ones focused on the economy, about some big event coming along to collapse our country.  Trust me on this, it won’t happen like that.  In fact, it’s already happening and has been for decades.  The slow drip of immorality and depravity has already transformed our country into something most of us don’t recognize anymore.

The elites don’t want a collapse, they want slaves who will be willing to do their bidding.

John Adams, in a letter dated October 11, 1798, to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts said:

[…]we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

I have no intention of being anyone’s slave, and I hope you don’t either.

 

What do these three things have to do with each other?  Glad you asked.

Have you noticed that over the past 10 or so years, it seems like everyone is “offended.”  Sometimes these offended people act out in murderous rage, since their level of “offendatitis” has reached some sort of critical stage.

It has become a national past-time to be offended.  I’m rarely offended.  Put a crucifix in a jar of urine?  Ho hum.  These things are just stupid things, done by stupid people, who don’t deserve any sort of attention for being stupid.

To be so constantly offended is a sign that you consider yourself the center of your own little universe, and all these so-called offensive things going on somehow hurt your precious little psyche.  I’d have to label that sort of thinking as narcissistic.

Facebook is a breeding ground for a budding narcissist.  Spend some time randomly scooting around Facebook, and you will witness not only the narcissistic habit of posting selfie after selfie to garner unwarranted praise for your beauty, but also the daily complaints over everything and anything.  To complain about every trivial thing in one’s life is a form of attention seeking.  “Oh, look at me. Poor me. Feel sorry for me.  Pay attention to me.”

The next logical step is to be “offended” over the perceived injustices being heaped upon your pitiful puny little self.

My advice is to get over yourself.  You’re not the center of the universe, or even the world.  And, by the way, you’re not as pretty as your friends are telling you.

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner.  Her writing muse has been released from Purgatory, but is making a slow (very slow) recovery.

please.

As riots go, it was rather boring anyway. Looters were more interested in stealing toilet paper than Air Jordans.  What’s up with that?

Let’s talk instead about how prepared you are to take care of yourself in an emergency situation.

Stuff Happens

Stuff happens all the time. I’m not talking about big stuff like a nuke dropping on you.  I’m talking about ordinary everyday occurrences.

Let’s suppose the water main breaks and the repairs will take at least a week.  You’re at work when it happens and upon returning home. you head out to your local grocery store to buy some water, only to discover the shelves are empty.  Oh sure, you can head across town to another store, but is that really what you want to do after a grueling day at work?  Do you have a weeks worth of water handy?

Of course, without water the toilet won’t work.  Do you have a backup plan for waste disposal?

Another example: a bad storm knocks out the electricity for three weeks.  Do you have batteries, candles, or a way to keep warm if it’s winter?

Do you have enough food in your pantry to last at least two weeks if needed?  Look at any picture of a grocery store when a big storm is on the way, and you will see empty shelves.  It only takes a few hours to wipe out the entire store.  Is that how you want to spend your day; standing in lines to buy bread and milk?

Convenience

I’ve found that one of the most satisfying elements of basic preparedness is the convenience of not having to live in a state of panic.

I started canning again last year after having given it up as “too much work.”  Now, when I’m too tired or busy to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I can waltz over to my pantry, grab a jar of canned chicken, and whip up chicken enchiladas or chicken salad in no time at all.  Having a jar of homemade beef stew ready to go is soul satisfying.

Saving Money

There is not one shred of doubt that the economy is in the toilet.  When the sale price for 80/20 ground beef is over $3.00, and the normal price is often close to $5.00, we’re in big trouble.

The difference between today and the Great Depression is that today the pain is hidden, so we can all go around being happy-clappy and think everything is just fine.  No, it’s not.  We have a record number of people on food stamps which is nothing more than our modern day soup lines.  Food banks are overwhelmed, and the Medicaid rolls are bulging.

The chicken I canned last autumn was purchased at rock bottom prices.  The beef stew was made with marked down roasts.  The peaches and pears were canned by the case acquired during an annual sale a local store holds every year.

You can keep your money in the bank earning 0% interest, or you can invest it in durable goods where your return will be more like 10% or more.

There are plenty of sites to help you with your preparedness.  Visit them and make your life more secure.

Cover The Basics: 8 Prepper Tools To Get You Through A Disaster

Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper is a treasure trove of common sense, as well as The Survival Mom

 

Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner.  She is awaiting the release of her writing muse from purgatory.  So far, it’s not looking good.

 

 

 

One of my rules regarding talking about religion is to pretty much never talk about any church except the one I attend.  Islam would be an exception since it’s not a religion, but more of a political movement.  So if Presbyterians change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, well, so be it.  I’m not a Presbyterian, so I consider that none of my business.

On the other hand, when Catholics act badly, that is my business.  Much ado is being made over Indiana’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, one, I might add, that is probably going to be gutted due to the homosexual activists claiming they will be unfairly discriminated against.  No never mind if the person who declines to bake a cake for their “wedding” will have his life ruined due to their harassment.

Which brings me back to Catholics acting badly.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has come under fire for calling on teachers and staff members at high schools within the archdiocese — Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan, Serra and Marin Catholic — to accept contract and handbook language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination.  source

Let me make this abundantly clear.  The good Archbishop, a true defender of Church teaching, is not telling the staff they can’t ever sin.  He’s only asking them to not promote teaching that is contrary to the Catholic faith while in their employ.

Sounds reasonable to me. I wouldn’t want to spend money to send my child to a Catholic school whose teachers promote whatever their pet (petty?) agenda happens to be.

So how do some of the parents and teachers respond?

By marching in defiance of his contract requests.

Carrying signs reading “Who Am I to Judge?” and “Love One Another,” hundreds of students, teachers and supporters marched Monday evening from the Mission Dolores Basilica to the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco, where they delivered petitions opposing the archbishop’s “morality clauses” at four Catholic high schools. source

Getting the picture?  If you teach that homosexual acts are wrong, you no longer “love” someone.  It didn’t take long for some of the marchers to conjure up the “hate” word, either.  If you believe adultery is wrong, cohabiting without benefit of marriage,  or  abortion is wrong, then you have become a “hater.”

These mighty leaps of thought with a complete lack of logic in any of these statements is proof that even a Catholic school is not teaching the children very well.

“I can be a Catholic and a follower of Jesus without accepting what the hierarchy says but accepting what I think Jesus would have said,” said Sue Fandel, a parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro who married her longtime female partner this month.

Let me be blunt here, Mary.  No, you can’t be either a real Catholic and a follower of Jesus with that attitude.  May I also remind you that it is not the “hierarchy” of the Church making these statements, but the teachings of Jesus which they’re trying to uphold.  And these teachings do not include what “you think Jesus would have done.”  If you don’t like it, start your own church.  Lest you think I’m being harsh, let me further add that I’m telling you this precisely because I love you.

Saddest of all is the brain-washed students who have obviously never had  decent catechetical formation.

“At the core of the religion is love, acceptance, respect and dignity,” said Gino Gresh, 18, a senior at Sacred Heart. “Whatever the archbishop is doing is completely contrary to that.”

No, Gino, what the good archbishop is doing is the most loving, accepting, and respectful position to take.  Would you decline to tell your friend who is indulging in dangerous drugs that what he was doing was just A-okay with you because you accept and love him?  Of course not.  When you love someone, you want what is best for them.  Living in sin is not dignified, no matter how you try to spin it.

For these teachers and parents to encourage the debasement of the teachings of the Church to the children God has given them to protect and teach, is beyond any thinking person’s comprehension.

The two greatest Commandments are:

  1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
  2. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Truly loving your neighbor includes teaching them right from wrong.  We can only hope that on this, the most holy week of the year for Christians, that these dissenters will have an epiphany of thought.

 

Adrienne blogs about politics and culture with a heavy dose of kitteh’s at Adrienne’s Corner.  She used to have a writing muse, but she died and is in Purgatory awaiting the return of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

doesn’t always work the way you want it to.  No siree.

I wanted to post something inspiring about Lent and our Lenten journey.  I’ve been pondering this for over a week unable to think of one inspiring thing to write about.  It finally occurred to me that I didn’t have anything inspiring to say.

We’re living in a world gone bonkers, and are not equipped with a sense of exactly how to fix anything (if it’s even possible at this point). I don’t know how this makes you feel, but it leaves me feeling helpless and despairing of any real solutions.

I can conquer the despairing part, since it’s a sin against the Virtue of Hope to not trust in the Lord.  The other sin against Hope is presumption, the attitude that states; “I can do this by myself without the help of God.”

But what about the helpless part?  It seems to be a close cousin of despair.   In just the last few days, we have been inundated with a super big helping of stuff we can’t do anything about.  Netanyahu warns us about the impending disaster of Iran building a bomb (I agree), we’re witnessing the wholesale slaughter of Christians in the Middle East, Hillary Clinton using her own account for government emails, and Obama wanting to raise taxes through executive order.

The forty days of Lent coincide with the forty days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before beginning his public ministry.  The devil did his best to tempt Him:

The temptation of Jesus in the desert shows us the tactics of the “Dark Lord.”  Bread, a symbol for all that sustains our physical life, is a great blessing.  But Satan tries to make material things the ultimate, distracting us from a deeper hunger and a more satisfying food.  Political power and all leadership is intended by God for the sake of serving the common good; Satan twists things to make leaders self-seeking, oppressive tyrants like himself.  The lust for power and fame ironically leads not to dominion but to slavery to the Dark Lord (remember what happened to the Nazgûl in the Lord of the Rings!).  Then there’s religious temptation, the trickiest of them all– Manipulating God for our own glory, using his gifts to make people look at us rather than at Him.  Sounds a lot like the Pharisees. source

It seems like we’ve been living in a perpetual Lent since our current administration came into power.  In some respects we have.

My solution is to spend this Lent telling myself that there is a whole bunch of stuff I can’t fix.  All I can do is let God sort it out and place my trust in the One who loves us most, and follow His example through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

 

A Word About Comments:

I’ve long had an uneasy relationship with WordPress.  Okay – time for truth.  WordPress hates me with a hate that burns so hot it could well melt the earth.  It goes on periodic tantrums and refuses to allow me to log on or leave comments at WordPress sites. Then, for no apparent reason, it once again leaves me alone.  Talk about feeling helpless!

I’m a big believer in answering comments left on my posts. I figure if someone is nice enough to leave a comment, I should honor them with a response.  I was unable to do that with my last few posts. In time I will get this straightened out.

In the meantime, please know that I read your comments and appreciate them.